Begin Your Writing Odyssey in Ithaca

July 5 to July 17, 2020

Applications are open. (Deadline to apply - June 1)

The Ithaca Young Writers Institute, a noncredit summer program for high school students, offers two weeks of intensive writing workshops on the campus of Ithaca College in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.

Unlike most other young writers conferences or precollege summer writing camps, which focus primarily on creative writing, the Ithaca Young Writers Institute hosts a wide range of both creative and professional writing courses, from poetry to publishing, building on Ithaca College’s reputation for blending praxis with the arts. Taught by the distinguished faculty of the College’s Department of Writing, with assistance from the department’s most talented undergraduates, the curriculum mirrors the department’s own unique curriculum, giving aspiring young writers an immersive conference experience in an authentic college atmosphere.

As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery...

May there be many a summer morning when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you come into harbors seen for the first time.
—from "Ithaka" by C.P. Cavafy

Students spend mornings in two-hour workshops, focusing on the genre of their choice:

Students spend afternoons in lectures and craft classes such as the below (schedule varies by year) that allow them to experiment across the genres:

In the evenings, they participate in a student reading series and interact directly with visiting writers and publishing professionals who have expert insight into the craft and business of writing.

The Ithaca Writers Institute is a place where promising students come together to celebrate, study, and practice the creation of literature, laying the foundation for a successful life of writing.

Applications ARE OPEN.

"Ithaca was the highlight of my summer."

Michelle Kvetnoy

Contact Us

Jaime Warburton, Institute Director

Martha Van de Wall, Business Coordinator

Campus Location
Office of International and Extended Studies
Job Hall 202
Fax: 866-924-6272

Mailing Address
Ithaca College - Ithaca Young Writers Institute
Office of International and Extended Studies
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850